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Empire Brass Celebration with Greg Zelek, Organ: Overture Concert Organ’s 20th Season

April 3, 2025 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm

I was lucky enough to meet the Empire Brass as a high school student when they came to my hometown for a clinic and a concert back in 1984. Years later, I was even luckier when I was asked to join the group, becoming a member of the ensemble for 16 seasons, and getting to perform some of the finest brass music in the world’s greatest concert halls. I am so pleased to be part of this concert program that features highlights from the group’s famous recordings and ground-breaking repertoire for both brass and organ, including the world premiere of my newly-commissioned work to celebrate the 20th of the Overture Concert Organ. Please join us for An Empire Brass Celebration! – Mark Hetzler


Tielman Susato, Basse danse bergeret
Johann Sebastian Bach, My Spirit Be Joyful, Cantata 146
Giovanni Gabrieli, Canzon Duo Decimi Toni

Sergei Prokofiev, Lt. Kije: Wedding and Troika
Gustav Holst, Jupiter

Kenneth Amis, Bell Tone’s Ring
Mark Hetzler, “World-premiere in celebration of the 20th of the Overture Concert Organ”

Fats Waller, Ain’t Misbehavin’
George Gershwin, Summertime
Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story Suite (Something’s Comin’, Maria, America)

Take Note: Drinks Allowed in Overture Hall

As of this season, drinks are allowed inside Overture Hall during all Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts. Refreshments may be purchased at bars and concession stands located around the Overture Hall lobby before each concert and during intermission. Please enjoy food in the lobby and unwrap any candy or cough drops before the performance begins. Thank you!


April 3, 2025
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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Overture Center for the Arts
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Madison, 53703
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